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This Is The Blue Fawn French Bulldog – The Frenchie With The Best Of Both Worlds!

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Reviewed by Alexandre Beaumont
Blue Fawn French Bulldog
Winnie, a Blue Fawn Frenchie!
Credit πŸ“Έ: @Whisper&Winnie

What do you get when you mix Blue with Fawn? You get a Blue Fawn French Bulldog!

Well, it’s not that simple – so, what’s a Blue Fawn Frenchie?

A Blue Fawn Frenchie is a very rare type of French Bulldog that looks like a light version of a Fawn Frenchie. It’s the result of combining the dominant genes of a Fawn and the recessive genes of a Blue, among other things.

I’m doing a deep dive into French Bulldog genetics, and Blue Fawns provide the perfect opportunity to see how two types of Frenchie genes mix.

Are you undecided between getting a Fawn or a Blue Frenchie? Get both in one perfect package!

What Is A Blue Fawn French Bulldog?

A Blue Fawn is the result of mixing Blue Frenchies and Fawn Frenchies together. You got me! It’s a little bit more complicated than that – but that’s the main gist.

In fact, a Blue Fawn looks like what you get if you could easily mix two Frenchies. These dogs have a light-colored coat typical in Fawns with a little dilution twist brought to you by their Blue side.

These Frenchies are somewhat rare – but their popularity is on the rise. I’m seeing more and more people interested in this French Bulldog, so it’s only a matter of time before they stop being so unusual!

Why are Frenchie lovers so interested in Blue Fawns? Because they look lovely!

2 French Bulldogs
Manny and Luzy

(I just received a note from my two Frenchies saying that all French Bulldogs look lovely, even more so if they’re Brindles or Piebalds. I may have to bribe two jealous dogs with treats.)

What Does A Blue Fawn Look Like?

Blue Fawn French Bulldog wearing a Flowery harness
Another Winnie and another Blue Fawn French Bulldog
Credit πŸ“Έ: @WinnieTheFrenchie

Blue Fawn French Bulldogs often look alike. They have a blue-ish coat with a Fawn underbelly and, sometimes, a few Fawn markings here and there, too.

You could describe Blue Fawns as Fawn Frenchies with a twist – because they are a tad lighter than their Fawn cousins!

I’m only talking about classic Blue Fawns here. You’ll soon find out there are a fair amount of Blue Fawn variations. I’ll talk about them in the second part of the article.

Here’s a sneak peek: Blue Fawns can have Merle markings, Piebald patterns, and plenty of other surprises!

And while this type of Frenchie looks lovely, you’ll soon find out the American Kennel Club awards no points for cuteness (I do, though, and all Frenchies get a 10). 

Does The AKC Accept Blue Fawns Frenchies?

The American Kennel Club doesn’t consider Blue Fawns as a valid Frenchie type. Their standard states that something as small as a hint of blue in a Frenchie is enough to disqualify a dog.

That decision may feel confusing. Fawns are allowed! Why can’t Blue Fawns compete in AKC shows? Unfortunately, that no-exceptions rule against Blue Frenchies is the reason. 

In fact, Blue Fawns are specifically mentioned under the disqualifying colors section.

Why is the AKC against Blue French Bulldogs? Because they claim blue is a fad or rare color, and promoting this type of Frenchie (and any variations) could do more harm than good for future generations of dogs.

You can click here if you’re interested in learning how the AKC creates these rules. I actually talked to a couple of organizations to find out!

The reason why Blue Frenchies (and Blue Fawns) are so controversial boils down to genetics.

What Makes A Blue Fawn French Bulldog?

The Blue Fawn Frenchie is only possible thanks to the A Locus Gene and the D Locus Gene. You need very special and unique genetic makeup to have a litter of these puppies.

Bear in mind genetics is a complicated business. Many alleles come into play to form a Frenchie’s coat. The A and D genes are the main protagonists in Blue Fawns.

  • The A Locus Gene is the Fawn part of the Blue Fawn: you need dominant sable genes (Ay) for that half to happen.
  • The D Locus Genes are the Blue part of the Blue Fawn:  you need two recessive dilute genes (dd) to complete the other half.

Here’s what makes genetics so complicated: even if a Frenchie has Aydd genes, they may turn into something other than a Blue Fawn if they have, for example, dominant K genes. One dominant D Locus Gene (D) is enough to prevent a Frenchie from turning into a Blue Fawn, too.

Is that confusing? I know it is! Here’s a table to better understand what’s going on.

Genetic MakeupPossible ResultExplanation
KBAyddNot Blue FawnDominant K genes (KB) prevent the A gene (Ay) from expressing.
Recessive K genes (KyKy, KyKbr, or KbrKbr) + AyDD or AyDdNot Blue FawnYou need two recessive D genes (dd) for a Blue Frenchie, not dominant D genes (D).
Recessive K genes (KyKy, KyKbr, or KbrKbr) + recessive A genes (anything but Ay) + recessive D genes (dd)Not Blue FawnYou’re missing the dominant A genes (Ay) to display the Fawn side of a Blue Fawn.
KyKyAydd or KyKbrAydd or KbKbrAyddBlue Fawn (with Brindle markings if Kbr genes are present)The perfect recipe for a Blue Fawn!

That genetic behavior may explain why Blue Fawns are unusual – even though that trend is turning around.

How Rare Is A Blue Fawn French Bulldog?

Blue Fawn Frenchies are very rare – and unusual, to say the least! Yes, Fawn Frenchies are very common, but Blue ones are not. 

So, you can imagine finding a puppy with both Fawn and Blue genes is a tough job.

Blue genes are rare and could manifest in four variations: Blue Brindle, Blue Pied, Blue Merle, and Blue Fawn – the Blue Fawn is the most popular Blue Frenchie variation today!

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That level of rarity is reflected in their price, but don’t worry about that just yet – we’ll cover that at the bottom of this article.

I’d like to mention how Blue Fawns become rarer when you bring other genes into the mix. That’s right! There’s more than one way to be a Blue Fawn!

Although the coat color part of the Blue Fawn is covered (if you change anything there, it wouldn’t be a Blue Fawn), you can find certain marking variations when you mix things up in that department. 

Let’s talk about it below.

How Many Blue Fawns Variations Are There?

The Blue Fawn is the basic model, but you can find a fair number of variations past that. The rarest variation is the Blue Fawn Fluffy Frenchie, and two of the most wanted ones are Blue Fawn Piebalds and Blue Fawn Merles.

Blue Fawn Pied Frenchie
Azula a cute Blue Fawn Pied Frenchie
Credit πŸ“Έ: @Ralph&AzulaThe FrenchBulldogs
  • A Blue Fawn Piebald French Bulldog has the Blue Fawn genes plus Piebald genes (sPsP). They sport Pied patterns and may have hearing issues, depending on their level of pigmentation.
Blue Fawn Merle Frenchie
Romeo, a handsome Blue Fawn Merle Frenchie
Credit πŸ“Έ: @JunebugFrenchies
  • A Blue Fawn Merle French Bulldog has the Blue Fawn genes I talked about above and Merle genes (MM). This new set of genes adds beautiful patches on top of the coat but can also come with eyesight and hearing issues.
  • A Blue Fawn Fluffy French Bulldog could be the rarest of rare Frenchies. Blue genes are hard to come by – so imagine how difficult a Blue Fawn Fluffy Frenchie truly is. We have an amazing article on Fluffy Frenchies if you’re interested!

Are there more variations? Absolutely! Those three, however, are the perfect examples to show how different Blue Fawns can be.

Do you want to know how much a Blue Fawn costs? How about any of their variations? I have you covered below!

How Much Is A Blue Fawn French Bulldog?

A Blue Fawn Frenchie can cost anywhere between $3,750 to $4,500. Finding a more specific price range is challenging because these French Bulldogs are rare.

Our price chart shows us Fawn Frenchies cost $2,500 to $5,000 and Blue Frenchies cost $4,000 to $6,000. Does that mean Blue Fawns cost anywhere between $2,500 and $6,000? Not quite!

In fact, the average price of a Blue Fawn is $4,000 – but there’s a caveat here.

The cost of a specific type of Frenchie depends on how rare it is and how many people want one. In this case, you may see the price change over time because breeders are focusing on Blue Frenchies more than before.

At the same time, you’ll find Blue Fawn variations cost the same or more:

  • A Blue Fawn Piebald French Bulldog costs $3,750 to $4,500
  • A Blue Fawn Merle French Bulldog costs $5,500
  • A Blue Fawn Fluffy French Bulldog costs a minimum of $15,000 (considering that’s the price of a Fluffy Frenchie)

You may find higher prices online (a quick Google search may show you a Blue Fawn can cost up to $10,000!). The numbers posted above come from reputable breeders from different parts of America. 

Do Blue Fawn Frenchies Have Any Issues?

Blue Fawns may suffer from color dilution alopecia (and other common issues most Frenchies have to deal with). CDA often manifests when a dog is between six months and three years of age.

Example of Color Dilution Alopecia on a Frenchie
Example of Color Dilution Alopecia on a Frenchie

What’s color dilution alopecia in French Bulldogs? It’s an ailment that causes itchy or flaky skin and, sometimes, bald spots in dogs. You may think it’s a fancy term for itchiness – and you wouldn’t be far off!

You should check with your vet if your Frenchie has a seemingly never-ending itch or a decrease in hair quality. That way, your trusted veterinarian will determine whether your dog needs balms, shampoos, or a diet change.

Dealing with CDA varies on a case-by-case basis – and all I know is, if it boils down to a diet change, your Frenchie will hope it has nothing to do with how many treats they get!

Last but not least, you also have to think about possible health concerns common to different Blue Fawn variations. Blue Fawn Merles, for example, could suffer from hearing loss and eyesight issues. Blue Fawn Pieds may suffer from hearing loss, too, depending on their pigmentation.

What You Should Know

Cute Blue Fawn Frenchie
Winnie, the cutest Blue Fawn Frenchie!
Credit πŸ“Έ: @Whisper&Winnie

A Blue Fawn French Bulldog has the dominant genes of a Fawn and the recessive genes of a Blue. They look like grayish or lighter versions of a Fawn Frenchie. You can find awesome Blue Fawn French Bulldog variations, such as the Blue Fawn Fluffy Frenchie. These dogs may suffer from color dilution alopecia, though it’s nothing you can’t manage with a good diet, the right shampoo, and lots of kisses!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much is a Blue Fawn French Bulldog?

The cost of a Blue Fawn Frenchie can vary from $3,750 to $4,500, with the average price being $4,000.

What is a Blue Fawn French Bulldog?

The Blue Fawn French Bulldog is a unique variety of French Bulldog with a light-colored coat that is similar to that of Fawn Frenchies, but with a slight dilution twist from their Blue genes.

Are Blue Fawn French Bulldogs Rare?

Blue Fawn Frenchies are an uncommon and unique breed. While Fawn Frenchies are more commonly seen, their blue counterparts are quite rare.

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JM is a freelance writer who focuses on all things interesting. He works part-time as a toy judge whenever Manny and Luzy, his two Frenchies, fight over the same squeaky bone.

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